Submitted by Greg Burnes, Bloomington Compiler
We had a beautiful day (sunny sky with temps in the 30’s) for our 2018 CBC. 73 volunteers spent hundreds of hours walking, driving and feeder-watching the Bloomington CBC area. The group counted 8,236 actual birds and 59 species. This year’s results paralleled the 2017 count with a few notable exceptions. The Snowy Owls had not yet returned to MSP, so they did not make the count this year. We had a greater number of common species such as Mallards, Bald Eagles, American Robins and European Starlings. We will post the full 2018 results on the MRVAC website; they can also be found on the MOU website.
There were a number of new volunteers this year due to some new reach-out campaigns. The LL Bean store in the Mall of American posted the CBC on their events page and Steve Weston hosted an informational session. From this outreach we had a group of 11 new participants assist with the count at the refuge. We also did some additional communication to past participants seeking new volunteers. Both of these efforts, as well as feedback from 2018 participants will help us drive increased participation in this important event next year.
Thanks to everyone that participated and supported this important project.